ERIC Number: ED297700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
New Computing in Higher Education.
Gilbert, Steven W.; Green, Kenneth C.
Information Technology Quarterly, v5 n2 p10-23 Sum-Fall 1986
With the advent of the computer revolution, major changes are underway in the ways campuses deal with computing and computers. One change is the gathering momentum of faculty members and administrators to become computer users. Another is the vast amount of individual and institutional effort invested in plans for integrating computing into the curriculum. Implementation issues that have presented problems for many institutions unwilling to learn from the experience of others are concerned with specific computer usage, faculty training, appropriate software, maintenance of equipment, cost effectiveness, and the actual process of integration. Today's campus leaders need to look at general classes of computing applications, such as their use for academic research, their role in instruction, and their ability to enhance productivity for faculty, staff, and students, and to integrate computing into the curriculum in ways that recognize all three of these dimensions and their interdependence. Although other issues such as computer equity, standardization, and industry support of campus development activities need to be addressed, it would be unwise for colleges to wait around for "ultimate answers." They would be better off pursuing an alternative that puts in place now broadly useful, affordable machines chosen for their ability to do identified work. Both campuses and the information-technology industry share the common goal of expanding the use of computing technology. To do this, all parties should acknowledge the cultural gap between academe and industry and listen to each other. (DJR)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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